I felt so battered and insecure when I stopped drinking. I needed someone to encourage me to see my choice as reaching for hope rather than running from despair. The blog Hip Sobriety, which was one of the many that helped me feel strong and positive, has done a fantastic job “Rebranding” sobriety. Holly’s writing, as well as the title of her blog, helped me feel ok about needing to stop drinking when I hit my private rock bottom four years ago. She helped me feel empowered rather than afraid. She helped me feel strong and self-determined rather than “defenseless” and “ashamed”. She helped me look forward rather than back.
Annie Grace , who wrote the books This Naked Mind and the Alcohol Experiment , focuses on rebranding sobriety as well. Her intent with her books, and videos and online program is to help you wipe your brain clean of the cultural hard sell you’ve gotten since childhood. The conditioning that makes you think that drinking is essential to a life well lived.
And then there is Hello Sunday Morning, the community where I blogged through my first year sober. Hello Sunday Morning was started by a 21 year old Australian nightclub promoter who decided he wanted to see what he could accomplish by taking a year off the booze. He decided to promote not drinking for a while as his avocation and by 2015, when I signed up, Hello Sunday Morning had grown into the world’s largest online community of people supporting each other to change their behaviour around alcohol.
The newest “brand” message on HSM is wonderful.
” Our vision is a world where drinking is an individual choice, not a cultural expectation. A world where confidence and identity aren’t measured in standard servings. A world of better choices, fewer hangovers and unforgettable Sunday mornings. “
Drinking alcohol has been sold to us as the elixir of life since we were young children listening to the grownups downstairs having a GREAT NOISY TIME while we had to go reluctantly up to bed. As the evening progressed maybe they began fighting, or eventually, they began getting downright frightening … But even if we were sometimes frightened they were doing that mysterious GROWN UP thing that we ultimately did too because it is what we learned that grown-ups do. We were sold a way to behave by their example even if us behaving that way was the last thing they hoped for.
I ‘m not buying it anymore and haven’t for a long time. I will definitely not be drinking today.
When the Hello Sunday Morning community evolved away from the format that had helped me and so many others change their relationships with alcohol I started my own community to try to replicate the early HSM model . A community of peers with people in all stages of working through their own goals concerning alcohol. A community away from the frenetic often commercial noise of social media. A place focused on the empowerment of finding out who we are as individuals when we stop numbing out and dumbing down. A place that offers the possiblility for tremendous growth in a quiet, supportive, creative space.
And my brand became
” Rethink the Drink. Open your Mind to the Possibilities. The Spirit is Not in the Bottle it’s in You ”
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“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”
― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story